Category: Health and Education

Advocate Stories, Health and Education

Speak Out Against S.907 and S.988

by WREN Staff on Jan 25, 2022

We won’t let anti-choice legislators silence our voices! Anti-choice legislators made it difficult for people to testify at the January 26th subcommittee hearing for S.988 and S.907, in which they rushed both bills forward. We think that you deserve to be heard, and that’s why we’re launching the #StopTheBanSC Social Media Speakout.   Here’s what

COVID-19, Economic Opportunity, Health and Education, News

FDA Medication Abortion Change – What it Means for South Carolina.

by Ashley Crary Lidow on Dec 21, 2021

Quick Background on Medication Abortion AKA the “abortion pill”:  “Abortion pill” is the common name for using two different medicines to end a pregnancy: mifepristone and misoprostol.  First, you take a pill called mifepristone. Pregnancy needs a hormone called progesterone to grow normally. Mifepristone blocks your body’s own progesterone, stopping the pregnancy from growing.  Then

Be The Voice, Gender Justice, Health and Education, Uncategorized

What is Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization?

by Ashley Crary Lidow & Maya Ward on Dec 8, 2021

Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization is the most consequential abortion rights case in generations. In Dobbs, the U.S. Supreme Court will consider a Mississippi abortion ban that directly challenges Roe v. Wade.  Historical Overview:  Roe v. Wade: Landmark 1973 Supreme Court decision that affirmed the constitutional right to abortion before fetal viability.  To be

Advocate Stories, Gender Justice, Health and Education

“Abortion is a good thing”

by Maya Ward on Dec 2, 2021

On December 1, 2021, Maya Ward, WREN’s Communications and Development Associate spoke at a rally in Washington, DC in support of abortion justice. She joined hundreds of other advocates from all around the country in front of the Supreme Court as the justices heard oral arguments for the Mississippi Abortion Ban.   Read her remarks

Economic Opportunity, Health and Education, Policy Updates

WREN Testimony to the Joint Citizens and Legislative Committee on Children

by Ashley Crary Lidow on Sep 23, 2021

This testimony was presented on WREN ‘s behalf by our Director of Policy and Government Relations, Ashley Crary Lidow, at the Joint Citizens and Legislative Committee on Children Hearing, September 23rd, 2021 at 6:30 PM. Members of the Joint Citizens and Legislative Committee on Children,  Thank you for the opportunity to provide testimony. My name

Economic Opportunity, Freedom from Violence, Health and Education

Make your voice heard to support SC children: Sign up to testify at the fall 2021 Children’s Committee Hearings

by Ashley Crary Lidow on Sep 2, 2021

Are you passionate about the welfare of children in South Carolina? If so, you should consider testifying at the fall 2021 Children’s Committee hearings across the state. This is an amazing opportunity to provide information to legislators from the House and Senate, as well as key stakeholders who shape many policies that affect the children

Health and Education, News

WREN Statement on DHEC Mask Recommendations

by WREN Staff on Aug 20, 2021

Columbia, SC– Today, the Department of Health and Environmental Control made it clear that we are in a public health crisis, and that the best way to keep our kids healthy and safe is to ensure that they are wearing masks inside of schools. Despite this clear and compelling evidence, the Governor continues to stand

COVID-19, Health and Education

State Superintendent of Education, Top Epidemiologist, and Pediatricians host press conference on COVID-19

by WREN Staff on Aug 17, 2021

In response to school reopening, the state Superintendent of Education, Molly Spearman and State Epidemiologist, Dr. Linda Bell hosted a press conference.  They were joined by representatives from the S.C. chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics to discuss the safe return to schools. Spearman, Bell, and the pediatricians all recommended masking and vaccinations as